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Boston Blackie is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker -- a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio, and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend".
The Boston Blackie radio series, starring Chester Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show -- Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer.
On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement.
Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play.
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Boston Blackie
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Certification Date: February 12, 2012
Certification Version: Version 3.2
Number of CDs: 5
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 3.2 contains two missing shows and one upgrade. (08-Apr-2012)
NOTE: Updated Release! One or two new episodes, some new encodes, and MP3 tags updated. (29-Jan-2012)
NOTE: Updated Release! Added Correct Version of Episode "47-03-04 (112) Larry The Kid vs Savinni", plus corrected titles of other episodes. (25-Oct-2009)
From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
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Subject: Thank you
I just discovered Boston Blackie. I love the organ that accompanies the stories. Great yarns and thoroughly have enjoyed listening to B B.
Subject: Nice to finally have a complete set
One of my favorite OTR Mystery programs, finally found a comprehensive set in order.
Subject: Boston Blackie mistake
The episode titled Larry The Kid vs Savinni is incorrect. The episode is, in fact, Eva Cronin Is Stalked.
Otherwise, this is a fine set that sounds great!
A "must have"
Subject: Detective old time
He turns from crook to detective. Most of the time he just irritates the police.
A decent old time detective. No cussing or lot of sex so I guess that will leave out a large part of the population. The rest of you should really enjoy his hijinks.